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OHS CLASS OF 2011 are shown above with King Philip Adelman and Queen Lauren Conroy on the senior float during this year's Homecoming parade. John Stolpman, owner/agent; Joan Reiffenberger, agent; and Les Iverson, agent, in front of their new office. We are now located across the street in the Big Stone Lake Area Realty building. ORTONVILLE, MN 45 NW 2nd Street 320-839-6194 BELLINGHAM, MN Box 277 320-568-2101 BIG STONE CITY, SD PO Box 278 605-862-8122 Minnesota State Patrol Trooperstorists to be the first line of enforcing nesota roads. will conduct intense Click It or Ticket the law by speaking up and insisting all The State Patrol is stressing belt use seat belt patrols to increase seat belt passengers are belted." belt use especially among teens and use and stop preventable traffic deaths Minnesota State Patrol Troopersyoung adults, the groups with the low- in October. The enforcement cam- will enforce the state's primary seat est seat belt use rates. Statewide each paign includes around 400 Minnesota belt law during the effort, which allows year, motorists age 15-29 account for agencies and is coordinated by the law enforcement to stop motorists di- 45 percent of all unbelted deaths, yet Minnesota Department of Public rectly for belt violations. The primary this group represents only 25 percent Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. law requires passengers in all seating of licensed drivers. This same age According to Lt Sean Meagher, apositions, including the back seat, to be group accounts for 55 percent of all un- seat belt is a motorist's best defense in buckled up or seated in the correct belted serious injuries-(70 percent case of a crash. He notes that in child restraint. A seat belt fine is $25 occur in Greater Minnesota.) rollover crashes, unbelted motorists are but Can cost more than $100 with court The enforcement effort will also in- usually ejected from the vehicle. In and administrative fees. clude a nighttime seat belt enforcement most cases, the vehicle will reliever The primary law has helped the focus. them. In less severe crashes, unbelted state achieve a record-high daytime Around 400 law enforcement agen- motorists will crack teeth out on steer- seat belt compliance rate of 90 percent, cies statewide will participate in the ef- ing wheels or break their nose, and The campaign will also include en- fort coordinated by DPS Office of even slam into and injure others in the forcement of Minnesota's strengthened Traffic Safety. The campaign is a com- vehicle, child passenger safety law that requires ponent of the state's Toward Zero During the last three years (2007- children to be in the correct restraint Death (TZD) initiative. TZD is the 2009), in Minnesota, more than 1,000 until they are age 8 and 4 feet 9 inches state's core traffic safety program that motorists were killed in crashes and tall. This law requires booster seats for uses a multidisciplinary approach to only 43 percent were buckled up. kids usually starting at age 4 to ensure address traffic issues regionally "The focus of this campaign is to adult seat belts fit them correctly, through enforcement, education, engi- prevent these traffic tragedies that are Belt use is especially an issue in neering and emergency trauma care. still far too common," says Lt. Sean Greater Minnesota communities. An- The goal of the TZD is 400 or fewer Meagher. "This campaign is not about nually, nearly 80 percent of unbelted road deaths by 2010. writing tickets. We are calling on me- traffic deaths occur on Greater Min- The United Nations designates the "We find that no one piece solves that they have welcomed us to be a part first Monday of October as Worldthe issues all by itself, but when we can of their neighborhood." Habitat Day, and this year's message is all put our different efforts together, Haigh says that, as part of World "Better Cities, Better Life." As the that we've seen some wonderful Habitat Day, today's local efforts un- world becomes increasingly more ur- progress." derscore safe, decent shelter as a basic banized, housing advocates say a focus The Hawthorne EcoVillage in North human right. on neighborhood revitalization is more important now than ever. That's why Habitat for Humanity is hosting its an- nual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project this week in cities across the nation, says Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. He says the organization's model of of- fering a hand up, rather than a handout, builds responsible home-ownership. "Having these successful families in communities ends up helping commu- nities as well. Having home ownership and successful partner families has been an important part of the revital- ization of communities, and that's our big theme for this year." Reckford says neighborhood revi- talization doesn't happen overnight, and when dealing with the complex is- sues of inner-city neighborhoods, Habitat is just one of many community partners involved. Minneapolis is an example of success- ful revitalization efforts breathing new life into a shattered neighborhood. Through joint city and community ef- forts over the past three years, violent crime decreased by 73 percent, and drug activity saw a dramatic 85 percent drop. The Twin Cities' Carter Project is focused on Hawthorne EeoVillage, and St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood. Susan Haigh, president of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, says they are ex- cited to join neighborhood efforts, and are impressed with the groundwork laid already by the local cities and community groups. "They've made it possible to bring a bright new future for our Habitat homeowners, and for the families who already own homes in this neighbor- hood. We are grateful for the work they've done, and we are so grateftil "We really believe there should be a global commitment to housing, that housing is a basic human right, and that creating affordable housing and healthy communities is really a social justice imperative." Despite a brief health scare last week, President Carter and his wife Rosalynn are still expected to volunteer in Minnesota, where they will be swinging hammers in Minneapolis on Wednesday, and wielding paint brushes Thursday in St. Paul. In honor of Pres- ident Carter's 86th birthday, thousands of volunteers this week will build, ren- ovate or repair 86 homes in Washing- ton, D.C., Annapolis, Baltimore, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Birming- ham, AL. To follow this week's local activi- ties, visit www.tchabitat.org By Poets Corner Holme, Bernice Watkins, Barb Kelzer, Come little leaves, said the wind Flower season has just about come Dennis Gronholz, Bob Rothi, and one day to an end-soon the snow will cover the Wilfred Adelman. Come over the meadows with me beauty that we crave. It has been a Paul Unruh was here on the 22nd and play busy September and a wet one. On the to play for us. He features Elvis songs Put on your dresses of red and gold second Tuesday the birthday breakfast and we all sang to many of them. Summer is gone and the days grow is done to honor the residents and staff The local churches came and cold who's birthday falls in that month, served coffee and brought us Soon as the leaves heard the wind's The table is decorated with fresh homemade goodies and we want to loud call, flowers-candles-and linen tablethankthem. Down they came fluttering one and (clothes and napkins) breakfast is Gretta Yaeger came and made all cooked by the special chef which ebleskivers with cinnamon and sugar, Over the brown fields they danced includes-fried eggs, hashbrowns, fresh from her ancestors, they were and flew, rolls and orange julius and lots of delicious. If anyone has a favorite Singing the soft little songs they great reminiscing about birthdays past. recipe from their heritage or just one knew The Melody Kings were here on they love to make and share with theA mistake is evidence that the 10th to help us celebrate our residents please call 839-4174. someone had at least tried to do monthly birthday party and the The Golden Tunes were here on something Methodist Church furnished the cakes, the 28th. Till we meet again. Those honored for the month were- Our poem this month is by George Marilyn Dybvig, Marge Snow, Gebbs Cooper. |m mm Minnesota needs strong leaders. Mark Dayton and the DFL candidates need your support: Mark Dayton is the only candidate for governor who understands that t he middle class is at the breaking point and simply cannot pay any more. As governor, Mark Dayton will lead DFLers to stand up for the middle class and fight for working families in Minnesota. Mark Dayton and the DFL candidates have a fundamental commitment to education as the key to restoring our state's prosperity. U.S. Representative District 7 Collin Peterson State Senator District 20 Gary Kubly State Representative District 20A Andrew Falk Governor and Lieutenant Governor Mark Dayton and Yvonne Prettner Solon Mark Dayton and the DFL candidates have been clear and honest about how they will Secretary of State deal with the fiscal crisis created by Governor Pawlenty over the last eight years. Mark Ritchie Mark Dayton and the DFL candidates have proposed responsible, balanced solutions for how to grow jobs and build a more prosperous future for Minnesota. State Auditor Rebecca Otto Minnesota is facing serious challenges and we need strong leaders working to create Attorney General a better Minnesota. Vote for Mark Dayton and the DFL ticket on November 2nd. Lori Swanson .... !i Paid for by Big Stone County DFL Committee, David Torgerson, Treasurer. The American Community Survey half their income for housing. Those (ACS) data just released shows that, severely burdened households include in the midst of the housing meltdown 1 in 4 renter households and almost 1 last year, housing costs severely bur- in 10 owner households. dened Minnesotans in ways that were "Even before the market tailspm, hard to weather especially for Minnesotans were" paying far too renters, who saw falling incomes and much for housing. In 2009, more and rising rents. These 2009 census fig- more families faced cutting necessi- ures give the most complete picture of ties like health care, food, and trans- Minnesota housing available, portation as they struggled to keep a Today's economic indicators con- roof over their head," said Chip tinue painting a picture of families Halbach, executive director for the squeezed from all sides. A reduction Minnesota Housing Partnership. in income was seen at every quintile While the matter of paying too of income distribution between 2008 much of a household's income is more and 2009. While home' prices fell over serious among lower-income the year, rental costs actually Minnesotans, the issue is not confined increased: median gross rents went to the poor. Of all Minnesota house- from $731 to $757 monthly (in 2009 holds earning at least $75,000 annual- dollars). With rents going up and ly, about eight percent paid 30 percent incomes going down, the proportion of their income for housing a cost of renters paying at least half their burden, according to HUD. By con- income for housing increased trast 48 percent of households earning markedly to over 23 percent--a under $75,000 paid 30 percent of their severe cost-burden, according to the income for housing. Dept. of Housing and Urban "Communities need choices in Development(HUD). order to be vibrant," continued Another toll from this stress on Halbach. "The state had 23,000 fore- renters is homelessness. Wilder closures in 2009. Where are these Research Center reported earlier this people to live? A balanced market year that in 2009 homelessness had offers a full range of housing opportu- increased to 13,100, up from 9,200 nities for all kinds of people. Those just three years earlier, choices strengthen communities and Overall in 2009, over one in eight provide a foundation for economic Minnesota households paid at least growth." Page 6 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Oct. 5,2010